Saudis con­sider seafood h s

Fish Farmer - - European News -

SAUDI Ara­bia is con­sid­er­ing whether to launch flights to Nor­way to meet grow­ing de­mand among the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion for seafood, es­pe­cially sal­mon.

It is the lat­est in a se­ries of sim­i­lar moves by a num­ber of coun­tries which are turn­ing Oslo’s Gar­der­moen Air­port into the world’s busiest air seafood hub. Seafood ship­ments through the air­port in­creased by 35 per cent last year to a to­tal of 185,000 tonnes.

Its owner, Avi­nor, has an­nounced plans for a huge new seafood ter­mi­nal able to han­dle around 300,000 tonnes a year – or around 1,600 tonnes a day. The Ger­man lo­gis­tics gi­ant DHL is al­ready fly­ing sal­mon di­rect from Oslo to Shang­hai and Seoul.

World­wide de­mand for Nor­we­gian farmed sal­mon is in­creas­ing at a fast pace, with China, Ja­pan and South Korea lead­ing the pack.

But seafood is also grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity in the Mid­dle East and at the re­cent Nordic Air Cargo Sym­po­sium in Stock­holm, Rainer Muller, Euro­pean re­gional di­rec­tor of Sau­dia Air­lines Cargo, said his com­pany was now look­ing at launch­ing a ser­vice, start­ing in the Mid­dle East and call­ing at as yet un­named points in cen­tral Europe be­fore fly­ing into Nor­way and then on to New York.

Muller stressed it was still not yet a done deal. The air­line would need to carry out a fea­si­bil­ity study and look at a num­ber of is­sues be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

And he also said that for such a ser­vice to be eco­nomic it could not just carry fish. Other car­goes would prob­a­bly be nec­es­sary, hence the stops in Europe.

Above: Oslo’s Gar­der­moen Air­port

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